Top Things to Do in Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Downtown Manhattan (Downtown), New York City

Top Things to Do in Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)

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  • Judith A
    Kitchener, Canada39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a moving tribute. The memorial pools are poignant, and the museum’s exhibits are thoughtfully curated. It’s a respectful and emotional experience. Highly recommend visiting!
    Written July 23, 2024
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  • Pompeylad
    Portsmouth, UK297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up above the hustle & bustle of NYC, this offers the tranquility one does not expect in such a vibrant city. Well worth a wander.
    Written July 22, 2024
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  • TrueIndian
    Indian215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Available round the clock, seven days a week.
    Frequency is every 30 minutes
    Free service
    The ferry has three decks
    There are seats in the centre and benches on either side.
    There is no air conditioning inside the cabins
    For good views, it is better to stand outside because if you sit on the benches outside, people will stand in front of you to block the view
    Enter and stand on the right side of the ferry while travelling to Staten Island for a view of the Statue of Liberty. On return the statue is seen from the left side.
    Journey takes 25 minutes
    Every trip is full of travellers
    There are washrooms on the ferry
    As you get down on the Staten Island terminal, there are a few eating places and a restaurant. There is a drinking water fountain also
    Written July 23, 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb 102 floors in 47 seconds to the top of One World Trade Center and the One World Observatory and experience spectacular views of all of New York City's five boroughs, New Jersey and Connecticut from the highest point in the city and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. From 1,300 feet in the air. Open from 9 to 9 and located on floors 100-102 with exhibits and restaurants, at 117 West Street, at the corner of West and Vesey Streets in lower Manhattan, the Old World Observatory features three sprawling levels and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame spectacular views of New York City. See the city's iconic sights, including the Statue of Liberty. and surrounding waters and iconic skyline, amazing 360-degree views for up to 45 miles in any direction. Take an interactive guided tour of the city, grab a bite to eat at the cafe and stop at the ONE restaurant's mixbar for a glass of celebratory prosecco wine. Also learn about the history of the World Trade Center.
    Written July 20, 2024
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  • skd22
    567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful structure that is right by the 911 memorial. It is representing a dove being released in peace. It also is the hub of the subway entrance with retail shop.
    Written July 18, 2024
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  • Willa L
    Delmar, NY11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tenement museum was one of the highlights of our trip to the city! We chose to take the 100 years apart tour, but afterwards wishes we had time to do a few more! Our tour guide, Billie, was very friendly and knowledgeable. The first apartment was one of the Wongs, a Chinese immigrant family in the 1970s. The implementation of technology in this apartment was amazing! I had no clue that there was any technology whatsoever until our tour guide showed us that if you tapped the top of the sewing machines the fabric on the table would turn into a screen. Since the history of this family was so recent, we got to see actual interviews of Mrs. Wong and other family members. The second apartment which was that of a German-jewish family in the 1870s was equally as interesting. This building had been left untouched for years so we got to see parts of the apartment exactly as they were. We loves learning about how the neighborhood changed over the years and the different lives that these two families lived.
    Written July 16, 2024
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  • Sue B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we went as a side trip in NY. We wandered around soaking up the atmosphere and visited the narrowest townhouse in NY.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    SoHo consists of quite a number of high-end shops. We visited on a guided walking tour and the tour guide said one can pay approx. $700 for a cotton Tshirt here. Apparently, a number of shops are not making a profit, but it is good marketing to have a store front in SoHo. The architecture of the buildings in this area is also quite interesting. I’d recommend taking the walking tour to get a better understanding of what you are looking at in SoHo.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Maree H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was amazing. Very moving and really well done. Very respectful. Can't believe I got to hold things that were kept from 9/11. Highly recommend
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • stevopreston
    Preston, UK60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being a massive friends fan since it started. I was visiting NY for a few days and this was on my list to do. It’s a relatively easy walk to get to thanks to Apple Maps it’s just like it was shown on the show. Obviously I had to get the iconic picture
    Written May 14, 2024
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  • WMW10
    Edinburgh, UK156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely area. We didn’t really explore the shops but the food court was fantastic with lots of choice. It was bright with loads of seating and a lovely view.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • Dina S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park! Beautiful day. Take food and enjoy a picnic in the park! Or stop off at one of the food joints in the area!!!
    Written July 21, 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Growing up I adored the movie Ghostbusters and loved the characters, especially Bill Murray. To be honest I did not know that its HQ is right there, I was going to Tamarind Tribeca and saw this sign in Google Maps and I was like, I can have lunch later, first explore this. I'm glad I did.

    Fact: Hook & Ladder Company 8 is a fully functional firehouse, so respect their space and time. I can see their frustration when everyone asks the same questions. I just had a look, smiled, greeted them, and moved along.

    The 1903 Beaux-Arts building, home to the real-life Hook & Ladder Company 8, was used for the exterior scenes of the fictional firehouse where Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston set up their ghostbusting operations. Although the Ghostbusters logo sign might not hang from the front of the building like in the movie, it’s still plainly recognizable today as the Ghostbusters firehouse. [the interior was shot in a Los Angeles studio]

    it also appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.

    This building has been in service for over 100 years and is older than the Fire Department of New York.

    Due to the high volume of tourists and fans who come to the firehouse, a few themed updates have been made. The Ghostbusers logo has been painted on the front sidewalk, and the Ghostbusers and Ghostbuster 2 logo signage hangs inside. There’s a subtle tribute to the movie, painted on the ground near the station house – a rendition of the Ghostbusters logo.
    Written May 30, 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did you know that the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan in New York City, which stands at 285 Fulton Street, on the 16-acre site of the original World Trade Center and its Twin Towers, is the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet tall, a deliberate reference to the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed? Bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south and Washington Street to the east, One World Trade Center occupies a 200-foot space with an area of 40,000 square feet, nearly identical to the footprints of the original Twin Towers. which were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Built at a cost of $3.9 billion, the building ascends 69 stories and features 2.6 million square feet of office space. Media company Conde Naste, one of the first tenants, takes up nearly one-fourth of that space. Architecturally, the building's edges are chamfered back to form eight isoseles triangles, a perfect octogan at the center. It culminates in a square glass parapet at the crown, its crystalline form creating a vibrant effect, as light reflects like a kaleidoscope, changing throughout the day. If you are in a hurry, you'll be pleased to know that the elevators in One World Trade Center travel up to 23 mph.
    Written July 20, 2024
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  • delagioventu
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,553 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smaller than Chinatown, really just a street with Italian shops and restaurants, still nice to walk through. Relaxed athmosphere.
    Written July 7, 2024
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